The Late Twentieth Century: 1960-2000 - Short Fiction

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In "Sandpiper," what is the main message of the story?

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The short story "Sandpiper" by Ahdaf Soueif takes the form of reflecting on the narrator's life and the series of events that led her to her present situation. Clearly the governing emotion is one of sadness, as the narrator reflects on her own position, trapped in a marriage to a man who no longer loves her, living in a country where she can never fully fit in yet having to stay because her daughter now considers that country to be home. However, the text seems to suggest a message of how impossible it can be to enter another culture and to live within...

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